Cuba commemorates the French artist who painted Havana’s birth

As Cuba celebrates its 500th anniversary this year, Havana commemorates a French-artist, who is largely unknown in his native France, who immortalized the birth of Havana in his painting of the “First Mass”. Considered a father of Cuban art culture, Jean-Baptiste Vermay also founded the first art school on the island.

Path cleared for Cuban exiles to sue

The Trump administration is opening the door for lawsuits against foreign firms operating on properties Cuba seized from Americans after the 1959 revolution. (April 17)

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Today in History for April 17th

Highlights of this day in history: Cuban exiles invade Bay of Pigs; Three astronauts of Apollo 13 land safely in pacific ocean; Benjamin Franklin dies at age 84; JP Morgan born in Connecticut; Ford rolls out the Mustang convertible. (April 17)

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Havana sidewalk transforms into art gallery for XIII Biennal

More than a kilometer of a coastal sidewalk in Havana is turned into an art gallery as part of the city’s XIII Biennal arts event, which is expected to bring together some 500 Cuban artists and 300 more from around the world. The project named ‘Behind the Wall,’ comprising works of more than 60 artists, is one exhibit in the month-long event.